With the success of last year’s International Dance Workshop and the benefits it provided the youths of Bohol, choreographers Nicola Ayoub (USA) and Guillaume Morgan (France) have accepted the challenge and are proud to continue the program this year.                                         

The 2nd International Dance Workshop will take place from April 11 to 24, 2016, with the participation of world-renowned choreographer Gigi Caciuleanu. A leading figure in the dance world, he has accepted to join the pedagogical team to share his artistry with the young dancers. This year’s program will reinforce the vigor given to Bohol’s dance community.

With the 1st edition’s goals achieved (empowerment through dance technique and performance skills), Guillaume and Nicola wanted to raise the level even higher. Local artist Lutgardo Labad and his theater organization Dulaang Kasing Sining will provide logistical aid in the province.

The Bohol Dance Project Company

This year’s program will have a new section -The Bohol Dance Project Company – which will start rehearsing April 4 and continue throughout the workshop dates. Nicola and Guillaume have asked last year’s three most promising dancers to work with Gigi Caciuleanu in a new dance piece which will be presented as a showcase on April 16, and during the workshop’s closing performance on April 23. The goal is to give visibility to the island’s dance talent with performances in Bohol and throughout the Philippines. Simultaneously the dancers will strengthen their experience and enrich their résumé with international artists coming to them.

Workshop Schedule (April 11-24)

The program will run for two weeks and will have daily activities from Mondays to Saturdays at Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School, Tagbilaran. Such activities include dance exercises (from contemporary dance to ballet, from modern jazz to the indigenous movement of pangalay; yoga exercise is also infused in the daily activity) class discussions, rehearsals and weekend showcase. Week 1 will start from April 11 to 15, and Week 2 will be from April 18 to 22. April 23 (Saturday) will be the closing peerformance and the next day, will be the interviews and final evaluation of the participants.

Meet the talented choreographers and the pedagogical team

Gigi Caciuleanu  (Contemporary Dance)


Born in Romania, Caciuleanu graduated from the National Conservatory of Choreography in Bucharest. After perfecting his dance training with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, he joined the National Romanian Opera House as a soloist. He started gaining world-recognition when he won first place for his choreography at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 1970 and again first place at Cologne’s Young Choreographers Competition in 1971 and 1972.

He decided to leave Romania to start a career in Western Europe. From 1972-73, Pina Bausch invited him to teach and choreograph for the students of the Folkwang Hochschule and for her company at the Tanztheater Wuppertal. Shortly after that he moved to France and was granted political asylum.

In 1974, Gigi succeeded Rosella Hightower as director of the Ballet du Grand Theatre de Nancy where he invited choreographers such as Dominique Bagouet, Jacques Garnier, and Maguy Marin. This same year he won first place at the Choreography Competition of Bagnolet. In 1978, he became the director of the National Choreographic Center of Rennes, created under the name “Théâtre Chorégraphique de Rennes.” His works were performed throughout the world (Asia, North and South America, and Europe). In the 1980s, Gigi was a leading figure in the French dance wave. He associated technical virtuosity with high theatrics and original humor.

In 1993 he left Rennes to create his own company in Paris. The same year he also created the ballet La Folle de Chaillot for legendary ballerina Maïa Plissetskaïa. In 2001, he accepted the position as artistic director of the Chilean National Ballet in Santiago (El Banch). In 2007 he founded the Gigi Caciuleanu Romanian Dance Company in Bucharest, which performs his creations. His book VVV : Vents, Volumes, Vecteurs, about his principals of choreography was first published in Spanish (2002), then in Romanian (2008) and finally in French (2010).

Honored by numerous awards in France and abroad, Gigi Caciuleanu was named Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1984. He is a jury member for the Eurovision Competition of young dancers. His works are part of the repertory of such distinguished companies as the Paris Opera Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Tanztheather Wuppertal-Pina Bausch, La Fenice, Rome Opera, Cardiff Opera, Bat-Dor Dance Company, and Chilean National Ballet.

Guillaume Morgan (Yoga


Guillaume joined the prestigious Junior Ballet
of the National Superior Conservatory of Paris
in 1999. From 2001-2003, he worked with
Ballet Philippines and Steps Dance Studio in
Manila as guest performer, choreographer, and
teacher. He started his own French-Filipino
company and created the show Cabaret! by Le
Cabaret Kuya, which opened the French
Spring Festival in 2003.

Guillaume has danced
for cabaret revue, baroque and contemporary
companies (Cie Teatri del Vento/Opéra de St
Etienne), and French film and television. In
2012, he danced for Gigi Caciuleanu in the
new piece Quadrix. He is trained in traditional Indian yoga and massage. Since 2012, he divides his time between France and the Philippines, developing an intense artistic activity as teacher and choreographer. Guillaume is a member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council.

Nicola Ayoub (Ballet)

NicolaNicola was trained at the Atlanta Ballet from 1993-
1998. She always aspired to share her joie de
vivre on stage, across the world. In France she
wrote and choreographed her one-woman show
The Language, which was awarded Paris Jeunes
Talents (2008) and first place at the choreography
contest Tobina (Paris, 2009).

She has danced
diverse styles for international choreographers
such as Natalia Guslistaya, Gigi Caciuleanu,
Christopher Williams and Alexandra Bansch. She
taught ballet at the Académie Américaine de
Danse de Paris (2010-2011) and contemporary at
the Sorbonne (2011). Since 2012, she has worked
with Africa Regional Services of the U.S.
Embassy, teaching and creating works in Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo, The Gambia, and Djibouti. Nicola is a member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council.

Karine Leven (Modern jazz)


Karine is a dancer, choreographer, modern jazz
and floor barre teacher with more than 20 years
of experience in the performing arts. She started
her training first in jazz with Bruno Collinet,
Géraldine Armstrong, and Mohammed Arbia

(Technique Mat Mattox). She continued her
training in ballet at the National Conservatory
of Lorient and obtained her final diploma with
high honors. She has danced for contemporary
companies such as Nathalie Pubellier’s
L’estampe (1995-1999) and Anne Dreyfus

In 1993, Leven got her
dance teaching diploma and has taught at Studio Harmonic in Paris ever since, while simultaneously choreographing for industry events.

Rama Marcaida ( Pangalay)


Rama is a dancer and choreographer of the AlunAlun Dance Circle, which is dedicated to the conservation and transmission of Pangalay, an indigenous dance from the southern Philippines (Sulu). He strives to promote this traditional dance but understands the needs of bringing it to a 21st-century public. He explores Pangalay in contemporary ways with his ingenious and tasteful use of space and timing.

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